Primadonnan - Limited print

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Limited print, 30x40 cm, Only 30 will be available

Printed on hahnemühle matt fibre 200g textured paper. Original edge printed with a slight yellow pigment in the white border around it to keep as much of a true look as possible.

Every piece is digitally hand signed.

Primadonnan, oil on paper 2022
An oilpainting of tram number 827, also named "Git Gay" after the Swedish actress, singer and primadonna.

Gay was born Birgit Agda Holmberg in 1921 in Karlshamn, Sweden. In the late 1940s, she was invited to act as a prima donna in a summer revue by director Sigge Holmberg.

The following year, she performed at the Gröna Lund in Stockholm in the revue "Klart Grönan". In 1949, she was hired by the entertainer Karl Gerhard to participate in the revue "Där de stora torskarna går" in Gothenburg.

In the 1950s, she performed with actor Åke Söderblom in "Ge mig en lektion i kärlek", a show that was sold out for three seasons. Towards the end of the 1950s, she worked with actors such as Nils Poppe and Albert Gaubier at the Södran Theatre in Malmö, and with director Hagge Geigert at Uddevalla.

In 1960, she set up the Git Gay Show at Lorensberg Theatre in Gothenburg. The show is sometimes considered the first modern restaurant performance in Sweden.

Git Gay took personal responsibility for directing, choreography, and designing the costumes. She went to Las Vegas to get inspiration for the show. Gay set up 20 different stage shows, with some performed at the legendary restaurant and entertainment venue Hamburger Börs in Stockholm.

I love that our Gothenburg trams get to be named after iconic personas from our city, I think it gives them life.